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The Final Edit: William Trevor's Last Stories

Tony Lacey, William Trevor's editor for more than 20 years, talks about the private, meticulous, exacting and brilliant man he knew and introduces Trevor's peerless final collection, Last Stories.

Philip Roth 1933 - 2018

Philip Roth 1933 - 2018

Posted on 23rd May, 2018 by Martha Greengrass

As we mark the sad news of the death of American literary giant, Philip Roth, we consider the influence of a writer whose work challenged, inspired, provoked and entertained generations of readers for more than half a century.

Michelle Lyons Introduces Death Row

As as a reporter and spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle Lyons witnessed more than 300 executions in 12 years. In her new book Death Row, she explores the politics behind America's justice system and how her experiences made her question her firmly held belief in the death penalty. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, she explains some of the facts behind America's capital punishment system.

Five Fairy Tales that Smash Stereotypes

Sophie Anderson, the author of our magical, myth-inspired Children's Book of the Month for May, The House with Chicken Legs, suggests five folk tales that break the mould.

Books Save Lives with Matt Haig

Books Save Lives with Matt Haig

Posted on 11th May, 2018 by Peter Whitehead

Despite effervescent triumphs such as his novel How to Stop Time, Matt Haig has long battled the spectre of depression. His courage to talk publically about his issues has been inspirational, and his account of those struggles and the battle to overcome them, Reasons to Stay Alive, has become the standard of its kind. Its companion volume, Notes on a Nervous Planet, Haig’s exploration of how to be healthy in a damaging world, is published on Thursday 5 July. For Mental Health Awareness Week, the author explores the power of books as a source of healing.

The Interview: Megan Hunter on The End We Start From

In an exclusive interview, Megan Hunter, author of our Fiction Book of the Month for May, The End We Start From, discusses with Martha Greengrass myths, motherhood and life beginning at the end of the world.

Doctor in the House: Adam Kay on Taking This is Going to Hurt on Tour

The author of our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May, This is Going to Hurt, discusses croissant accidents, telling awkward stories and taking his book on tour.

The Best Books to Look Out For in May 2018

Wartime stories, weird and wonderful flights of fancy; from the bones beneath our feet to the clues in the night-time skies, we offer our selection of the best of May’s publishing.

Human Nature: Isabella Tree on Five Ways to Rewild Yourself

Suffering the long-term damage of unsustainable, intensive farming practices on their farm in Sussex, Isabella Tree and her husband took the brave decision to step back and take over. In her new book Wilding, Isabella tells the story of their experiment and the lessons their experiences provide for how we might learn to live differently and regain our lost wild country. Here she shares her top five tips for getting back out into nature and rediscovering your wild self.

Change the World in Two Minutes: Five Things to Do Now That Will Make a Difference to Ocean Plastic

Martin Dorey is a writer and campaigner. Ever since he stumbled upon a beach in Devon that was ‘knee deep’ in plastic bottles, he’s been on a mission to help clear up ocean plastic. He's organised beach cleans, put beach cleaners in touch with volunteers via social media and picked up a lot of litter himself. Then, in 2013, he started the #2minutebeachclean – and that’s when things started to go crazy.

Now, ten years on from that first discovery, he’s written a book about simple things you can do to reduce your impact on the oceans, No. More. Plastic. And here he’s written us a special blog to celebrate its launch with some simple ideas for how everyone can make a difference.

Why Spy? Roland Philipps on The Enigma of Donald Maclean

An early contender for the year's finest non-fiction read, A Spy Named Orphan is Roland Philipps mesmeric account of the life of Donald Maclean, star diplomat, establishment pillar and perfect spy. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, Philipps describes how he became drawn into the intriguing double life of Britain's most damaging traitor.

Skybound: A Journey in Photographs

Diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-thirties, Rebecca Loncraine learned to live again through the discovery of flight. Chronicling her experiences, Skybound is both a powerful nature memoir of a world high above our heads and a moving, inspirational testament to freedom and self-discovery. Rebecca sadly passed away before the book could be published. Here her mother Trisha - who helped to bring the book to print - presents a diary in photographs of Rebecca's extraordinary journeys in the skies.